Shuangliu Airport was forced to shut down shortly after noon Tuesday due to a power outage. Nearly 150 flights, both international and domestic, were delayed, leaving 10,000 passengers waiting in the airport. Power resumed about three hours later. The outage was caused by a switch in a transformer substation that had caught fire.
A mountain collapsed into the Dadu River in the township of Shuhe in Hanyuan County (汉源县) late last Thursday night, killing six and injuring 18. At least 29 others are still missing. The fallout from the slide created a 250-meter-long dam in the river, causing waters to rise quickly. Rescue missions are still underway. In the meantime, the blockage is being chiseled away at with controlled explosives, and workers are disinfecting the areas that were flooded, many of which contain livestock farms. Hanyuan County falls under the administration of the city of Ya'an.
The first train car for line 1 of the Chengdu subway arrived in Chengdu August 3 from Qingdao. The cars are currently undergoing testing and preparation for their inaugural test run, which is scheduled to take place in October 2010.
Sichuan Auto launched its first model, the Yema F99 (野马F99), on Sunday. The SUV, outfitted with a 1.5-liter Toyota engine, starts at RMB59,800.
A cooking-oil factory in Mianyang exploded last Wednesday, injuring five employees. Nearby residents initially thought the blast was the start of an earthquake, and ran out of their homes to see flames 10 meters high engulfing the Chenshi Vegetable Oil Company (陈氏植物油脂公司) factory.
Six-year-old giant panda Tiantian (甜甜) gave birth to twins at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center's Bifengxia Base in Ya'an on August 7. This is Tiantian's first birth and the second pair of twin giant panda cubs born this year.
The 140th anniversary of the giant panda's introduction to the world will be celebrated later this month with a hike and film festival. The hike departs from Sichuan University's Huaxi Campus on August 15 and continues over the course of 10 days to the Bifengxia Base, some 350 ilometers away. The week-long film festival kicks off in Ya'an on August 19.
The site of a 600-year-old Ming Dynasty irrigation facility was recently discovered in Huanxi village, Sanlang town, Chongzhou city (崇州市三郎镇欢喜村). Chongzhou is just west of Chengdu.
The first-ever Chinese NBA cheerleaders (NBA啦啦队) selection process is underway. At the southwest division held Sunday in Chengdu, 14 girls were selected to enter the next round of competition.
A large-scale underground drag-racing event was broken up Saturday night before it even began. Word had spread by mouth and QQ, and by 10 p.m., hundreds of private vehicles had lined up on Chenglong Lu preparing to race. Reporters who had been tipped off rushed to the scene to cover the event, but by 11 p.m. police had forced all drivers to leave the area.
The "Shifang, China 5.12 Earthquake Ruins Theme Park" (中国·什邡５·１２地震遗址主题公园) will open to the public before before May 12, 2010, the two-year anniversary of the quake. The park occupies 7.72 square kilometers and expects 500,000 visitors in its first year of operation.
As of October 1, Meishan and Ziyang will fall under the Chengdu 028 area code, eliminating long-distance and roaming charges for calls made between any of the three cities, announced the Sichuan Provincial Communications Authority. The network-adjustment plan involves 5 million users and five cities but is considered crucial to the region's increasing role as an economic hub.
—With research by Marvin Tan